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Nuke ‘Em Don 10

I got distracted by creating two new pictures celebrating John Carpenter’s The Thing. Here are the rest of the nuclear war pages:



Now, wasn’t that comforting?

4 thoughts on “Nuke ‘Em Don 10

  1. Somehow John Carpenter’s The Thing and these reminders of the cold war seem to fit pretty well in my mind. Of course the point of the Carpenter remake was that the monster could look just like us. I always thought any sequel or remake to Howard Hawks’ original film (still the best version in my opinion) should involve a base listening for attack by the Russians, but low and behold, the enemy is elsewhere. Hopefully we’ll see nuclear threats dialed back again in our future. There have been too many films out there in the past few decades which had the notion that you can just have a nuke go off without too many consequences.

  2. One of the things I realized in reading this government pamphlet is the implication that we, the public here in L. A., would just have to be dealing with the effects of one atomic bomb. That’s pretty unlikely, given the number of nukes that are pointed at each major city.

    Funny you should mention The Thing, Aaron. I just pulled out two ad ideas I painted for Carpenter’s version back in the day and drew new revised versions (my original Thing paintings were too subtle, meaning they could never actually function as one sheets) for each of them. They’ll be going into a book on Carpenter’s The Thing that’s being put together by folks that include my pal Tim Bradstreet.

  3. Any chance that we can get a preview of your art for that project?
    Even though Howard Hawks’ original film The Thing from Another World did not have a cold war “radioactive monster” I always felt the notion of WW III annihilation was there in the warning, “Watch the skies! Keep watching the skies!” That film is very interesting in that it’s the combined efforts of the scientists and the military that overcome the threat. Even the love interest comes up with a plan to kill the monster. Just a great, black and white film in many ways.

  4. Dear Mr. Stout,
    It’s sad (almost afflicting) to know how much work has been discarded along Disney’s Dinosaur production. Your concepts, despite clearly influential on the final film, are certainly far superior. Regarding a related (abandoned?) dinosaur project, I found it curious that you designed for a Toronto Dinotopia theme park, as described in your bio. Can you share anything about said project? Recently James Gurney published sketches for what he called an imaginary Dinotopia theme park… were those in fact early ideas for this park that never was?
    Thank you so much for sharing your passions with us!
    Regards from a Jurassic Park fan =)

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